A 58-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal, which links London to Birmingham, runs through Northamptonshire. To celebrate, the Canal & River Trust has put together a list of the Top 10 canal destinations in Northamptonshire. To celebrate, the Canal and River Trust has put together a list of the Top 10 canal destinations in the county ahead of the Easter break this month.
From the village of Stoke Bruerne, visitors stroll along the towpath to 2.8km-long Blisworth Tunnel, with information along the way about the canal's history, village and wildlife - NN12 7SE
Crick Boat Show (25-27 May) is now the biggest inland waterways event in Britain. It offers a great day out by the water for all the family, with dozens of boats to see, live music and free half-hour boat trips along the canal. Visit crickboatshow.com
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The canal at Braunston is one of the busiest in the UK, making this pretty village a great place to watch narrowboats, take a walk in the country and enjoy a meal at a country pub, caf or the Braunston Fryer, serving traditional Fish and Chips - NN11 7JH
From ABC Boat Hires base at Gayton Marina, its a tranquil two-hour cruise to the village of Weedon, with a choice of pubs. Head in the other direction to reach Stoke Bruerne by passing through the 2.8km long Blisworth Tunnel. Visit abcdayboathire.com
Take a trip to the chocolate box pretty village of Stoke Bruerne and visit The Canal Museum. Housed in a historic corn mill, the Museum gives visitors a fascinating look at the history of Britains canals - NN12 7SE
The 4.8-mile long Northampton Arm connects the River Nene in the centre of Northampton with the Grand Union Canal. Theres a car park at Northampton Town Lock, close to Beckets Park, or start from the Gayton Junction end close to the Walnut Tree Inn.
Surrounded by beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, Boddington Reservoir at Byefield is an oasis of greenery, wildlife, walking trails and picnic areas. Visitors can look out for ducks, dragonflies, green woodpeckers, toads and grass snakes - NN1 6XU
Welford Wharf is a picture of rural tranquillity and a great place to take a country walk around Welford Reservoir - or pick up the Jurassic Way for a longer distance adventure. Refreshments can be found at The Wharf Inn and nearby pubs - NN6 6JQ
The village of Bugbrooke and offers a great place to take a waterway walk, followed by a pub lunch or dinner at the canalside Old Wharf Inn or the Five Bells or Bakers Arms in the village.
From Braunston, day boat hirers can enjoy a seven-mile journey along the North Oxford Canal to Hillmorton, where volunteer lock keepers Maurice Farndon and Vince Laramy have helped over tens of thousands of boaters through the flight of three locks there.